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Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

Activity provider: Paris Canal

Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

Activity provider: Paris Canal
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See Paris from the water on a cruise of the River Seine and Canal Saint-Martin. Pass by the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and under the Bastille vault. Discover the romantic side of Paris on this cruise from Parc de la Villette to Musée d’Orsay.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French


  • Experience the French capital on a relaxing River Seine cruise
  • Enjoy a sightseeing journey from the Parc de la Villette to the Musée d’Orsay
  • Follow the Canal St-Martin under bridges and through charming streets
  • Pass through the mile-long underground vault perforated by light holes
  • Admire iconic landmarks, including Notre Dame and Place de la Bastille
Full description

Explore the French capital on a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine and continue along Canal Saint-Martin. See Parisian landmarks, including Notre Dame and the Hotel du Nord before sailing into the underground vault.

Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and River Seine.

Embark in the center of the Parc de la Villette, and cruise gently along the canal to Rue de Crimée’s elevated bridge, as it goes through the Bassin de la Villette, before entering the magnificent Rotonde by Ledoux. Your adventure begins with the first lock at the Récollets Center, where you will catch sight of the Hotel du Nord. Discover the real Canal Saint-Martin, filled with the poetry of its romantic paths and pedestrian bridges, bordered by chestnut trees and populated by fishermen. Then, the boat will be plunged into darkness as you enter a tunnel of more than 1-mile, taking you through a mysterious underground vault that is perforated by light holes. Filled with magic and beauty, when you emerge into the light at Arsenal Port, you will see the July Column of Place de la Bastille ahead of you.

This is when you enter the River Seine. From here, take a short cruise along the River Seine, past the Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, to end your tour just after midday at the Musée d’Orsay.

  • Access to Seine River
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise, river boat
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Parc de la Villette in the Paris 19th district. Walk straight on from the subway station, Porte de Pantin (Exit No. 1), and follow the "Gallerie de la Villette" (the walking area with a grey undulating roof) until you see the canal. The Paris Canal white board will be on the left, at Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • The Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin cruises include French and English commentary
    • The cruise is held daily from the middle of March to the middle of November each year
    • Outside of these dates, cruises are available on demand for groups of more than 40 persons
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 948 reviews

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    A lovely Parisian experience with insight into the different neighborhoods that straddle the canal. Lovely to see Parisians, that's beyond the tourist paths, enjoying picnic by the canal, gathering of families, people exercising, playing table tennis, outdoor dance, working locks, people crossing different styles of bridges-swing bridges, draw bridges, houseboats....don't want to give it all away. We highly recommend it!

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    June 17, 2022

    Really enjoyed the slow pace after a frenetic few days visiting museums and attractions. There was plenty of space on board, with indoor and rooftop seating. The guide was excellent, with an amusing patter. We booked in particular to travel the tunnel and it didn't disappoint. The locks (all 9 of them) were quite fun - lots of waving to passers-by. We were delayed by 10 minutes whilst waiting for another boat to exit a lock, but it wasn't a big deal. There were hot & cold drinks (even wine and champagne) available on board, but no food - so be sure to take snacks.

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    June 6, 2022

    No hesitation to recommend this trip. Get to see parts of Paris you do not normally see as a tourist when on the canal. A slow pace - the boat goes through nine locks, eight of them double, which all take a time, but they are an experience, as is the impressive tunnel. Covers many of the main sites on the Seine as well. Our guide (Borris ir similar?) was superb - equal amount of commentary in both French and English even though English speakers very much the minority on our trip. Commentary was interesting and certainly made a difference to the enjoyment of the trip. We were lucky to be sat near the guide at the front of the boat and were able to speak to him direct to ask questions as well. A very relaxing way to spend a morning or afternoon. Also its good to have the 'intermicy' of a smaller boat.

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    April 24, 2022

    Product ID: 24450